I thought that Thom seemed somewhat tired, and understandably so. Phil, on the other hand, was completely on top of his game. He impresses me more and more all the time. Jonny was perfect, as always.
Does anyone know what music was playing at the beginning of the webcast, before Radiohead took the stage? They played the same in Auburn, and I'm thinking it might have been Underworld, but I'm not sure. Insights would be hugely appreciated.
And can I just say, for the record, that I was thrilled that they played a bit of Flight of the Conchords (If You're Into It) after the webcast wrapped up. Pleased me greatly, it did.
The thing I loved most about this broadcast, other than the chance to relive my concert experience from the previous week, and the fact that Radiohead was putting this out as a gesture of appreciation to their fans, was the way that this event united people. I sat on my couch with the Spousal Unit and the Resident Offspring and we watched together, knowing that this was live, that we were experiencing things at precisely the same moment as the actual audience members were. And not only that, but that many of my beloved blog friends were there in that moment with me, no matter where in the world any of us were. It was a moment that felt like true community. I guess this is why people go to church and shit like that.
I didn't multi-task at all during the concert, concentrating instead exclusively on the performance, but then when I checked email afterward, there was a slew of messages from blog friends, some of them written just as the concert was starting, others during the performance, and the rest immediately following. I felt so connected, as though we had all sat next to each other in that small dirt-floored bowl in Santa Barbara.
I had intended the above as a lead-in to the rest of my photos from Seattle, but I see that I have already gone on rather endlessly, so rather than subject you to more of my navel-gazing or keeping you any longer, I will bid you a fabulous Labour Day long weekend, and leave you with this little taste of last night's magical concert. Seattle photos later this weekend. Pinky swear.
House of Cards - Radiohead - Santa Barbara and the entire planet 28.08.08